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Hi guys,

could you please help me with the understanding of what the dismissal means in the US law? I found a good looking definition here:

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/dismissal

I have a problem with this part:

Dismissal in a criminal prosecution is a decision of a court, which has exercised its discretion prior to trial = ??? or before a verdict is reached, that terminates the proceedings against the defendant....

Please how do you understand that underlined part?

thanks a lot in advance.

Tomas
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Hi,
The court has freedom to take certain actions if it feels it should.
eg If the defendant is kept in jail for five years before coming to trial, a court is likely to dismiss the charges because that is an unreasonable length of time to wait for a trial.

For details, click on the link in the article on dismissal that takes you to a description of criminal procedures.

Clive.
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Thanks a lot, Clive![Y]

It's clear to me now.